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Less than half of estimated red snapper caught in record-short season

Alabama officials say new state statistics dispute federal estimates that led to restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama's Marine Resources Division says a state study determined that 418,000 pounds of the fish were caught in state waters through June 30th.
That's only 40% of the one million pounds of red snapper estimated.
Federal numbers from years past were used to impose a record-short season of nine days this year.
Gulf coast states continue to push the federal government to extend the recreational season for catching snapper.